What you need to know about the Wild’s three-game winning streak
As the NHL’s regular season gets under way, the Wild and their fans have been feeling the pressure.
They’ve played the Ducks, Flames and Stars to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, then they’ve been back home to take on the Coyotes, who beat them in five games last weekend.
But the Wild aren’t done yet.
They’ll have to go out and get some revenge if they want to get back in the win column.
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The Wild (1.8-1) are just three points behind with 13.
After getting a breakaway goal from the Wild on Tuesday night, Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth scored a shorthanded goal at the 7:09 mark of the third period to make it 2-0.
The Stars then got a goal from forward Jordie Benn and an assist from center Tyler Seguin in the second period.
Dallas has three straight victories over the Wild, including a 3-1 win last Thursday.
Benn, who has four points in his last four games, is tied for the NHL scoring lead with 26 points.
Seguis 21 points are tied for second in the NHL.
Dallas is one of five teams in the Western Conference that have yet to lose in regulation.
Stars captain Jamie Benn scored his 17th goal of the season during the second intermission to give the Stars a 3:32 advantage over Minnesota.
The team has won four straight games overall and is 6-0-1 in the first-round series against the Wild.
The Dallas Stars won their seventh straight game Tuesday night to extend their record to 12-1 on the season.
The Ducks, however, had a 3 1/2-minute lead on the second and third periods before Minnesota’s Patrick Sharp scored his sixth goal of his career at 13:46 of the second.
That tied the game 3-3 and sent the Wild to overtime.
Benn scored on a power-play goal in the shootout for the second overtime goal of their postseason.
The Anaheim Ducks have now scored five goals in the series, the most by any team in the playoffs.
“It was a big win for us, and I think we needed that,” Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg said.
“We’re still a little bit behind.
The guys have done a good job of getting the game back on track.”
The Stars have lost five straight home games, the second-longest such stretch of their Stanley Cup Playoff history.
The last time they played in Minnesota was in Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Final, when they lost 5-3.
The two teams have met just once in the postseason.
Dallas’ last three games have been in the Central Division, winning all three.
The Blackhawks and Wild are tied at the top of the division with six games remaining.
Dallas will face a Chicago team that is 2-4-0 in its last 10 games overall.
The Panthers are 3-2-0 when they face the Wild in their last five.
They also face a St. Louis team that has dropped two straight and is 2,000-point favorites over the Stars.
Dallas defeated Chicago in Game 5 in the regular season series.
The NHL has extended the series to seven games.
Game 7 is Saturday at 7 p.m.
The standings are: Wild : 2-1 (0-2), 1-1 playoff record